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Best of the Southwest Dazzles at Bazaar del Mundo’s Annual Santa Fe Marketplace

Art, Jewelry and Crafts by Renowned Native American and Southwestern Artists Showcased in Old Town, September 20-22

San Diego CA—Celebrating the colorful cultures of Native Americans and the American Southwest, Bazaar del Mundo’s annual Santa Fe Marketplace returns to Old Town, Friday through Sunday, September 20-22.

Transformed into a vibrant outdoor marketplace, Bazaar del Mundo (located at 4133 Taylor Street in Old Town) will overflow with exquisite collections of authentic Native American jewelry, art, crafts and décor from Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo tribe members, along with other noted Southwestern artists demonstrating and selling their goods.

Art lovers and boho-inspired fashionistas will enjoy rare and stunning collections of sterling silver and multi-stone inlaid jewelry made with authentic turquoise, coral and other exotic stones, hand-woven Zapotec pillows and rugs, leather accessories, fetishes, storytellers, Pendleton blankets and more.

Returning to this year’s festival, pawn trader Art Quintana will appraise visitors’ fine Indian jewelry and family heirlooms (up to two pieces each). With 30 years in the Native American jewelry business, Quintana’s collection of traditional and contemporary necklaces, bracelets, rings, bolo ties, concho belts, earrings, beadwork and more, offers a treasure trove of items he has discovered in pawn shops throughout the Southwest.

Other artists include:

  • Eva Salazar is a local San Diego artist who honors her Native American roots through her beautiful, handwoven Kumeyaay baskets. The coiled basket-weaving technique she uses has been practiced by indigenous California peoples for thousands of years.
  • Pauli Carrol is a Yurok tribal member and a Hupa/Cherokee descendent of the First Nation’s people and artist. She creates native designs that honor her history as well as her future. Together, Carrol and her daughter Carina King create sculptures, jewelry pieces and other decorative art. They are most well-known for their unique glasswork.
  • Myles Roy Calladito is a third generation Navajo jewelry artist who has been designing jewelry for more than 17 years. Calladito’s father taught him how to make jewelry, a skill that was passed down from his ancestors. Calladito now sells custom-designed bracelets which feature precious gemstones such as turquoise, coral and more.
  • Kim Yubeta has been designing jewelry for more than 20 years. Her unique designs use vintage beads from around the world made of turquoise, coral, lapis, spiny oyster, amber, jet and onyx that show in galleries throughout the Southwest.
  • John Balloue’s vibrant acrylic and mixed media paintings honor his Cherokee ancestors. Balloue’s work is held in many private and public collections, including the Cherokee Museum in Tahlequah, Oklahoma; the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC; the SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.

Guests will also enjoy daily musical entertainment and feast on mouth-watering Mexican cuisine for sale at the otherwise free event, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit www.bazaardelmundo.com.

About Bazaar del Mundo

Opened in 1971, Bazaar del Mundo has long been hailed as one of the best shopping environments in San Diego, overflowing with hand-selected and handcrafted gifts and treasures that are unique in all the world. Carefully curated by owner-operator Diane Powers and her long-time staff, the Bazaar del Mundo Shops pay homage to the globe’s most distinctive cultures with bold and ever-colorful merchandise. For more information, visit www.bazaardelmundo.com.